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D-backs outlasted by Padres in 16, drop finale

July 8, 2018

PHOENIX -- Sunday's D-backs-Padres game had a little bit of everything in it, which is understandable since it went 16 innings, featured a total of 44 players, lasted 5 hours, 31 minutes and saw a catcher squat for 15 innings before pitching one.When everything was added up -- 116 at-bats

PHOENIX -- Sunday's D-backs-Padres game had a little bit of everything in it, which is understandable since it went 16 innings, featured a total of 44 players, lasted 5 hours, 31 minutes and saw a catcher squat for 15 innings before pitching one.
When everything was added up -- 116 at-bats and 518 pitches thrown to be exact -- it was the Padres who came out on top at Chase Field, 4-3, thanks to William Myers' solo home run.
Jeff Mathis (0-1) took the loss for the D-backs while winning the respect of his teammates after taking to the mound. Mathis was forced into duty after manager Torey Lovullo used his entire seven-man bullpen, as well as Friday night's starter, Zack Godley.

"He had to be exhausted," D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said of Mathis. "He almost got us out of that. It was awesome. He was probably disappointed, but it's not easy, it's not like you're pitching in a blowout game. You're pitching in a tie game, extra innings and a game we want to win. He did a great job. Tip your cap to Wil Myers."
This loss stung for the D-backs, and not just because of how long it took to play. Arizona coughed up leads of 2-1 and 3-2 and finished a 10-game homestand with a disappointing 3-7 record.
D-backs starter Zack Greinke seemed to have trouble locating his pitches, as he lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and three walks.
Greinke departed in the fifth with a 3-2 lead, but reliever Randall Delgado allowed a one-out double to Manuel Margot and a two-out RBI single to pinch-hitter Jose Pirela to tie the game in the sixth.

And that's where it remained for the next 10 innings as both teams' bullpens held serve.
After using his regular relievers, Lovullo turned to Godley, who threw 81 pitches Friday night. Sunday would have been Godley's normal between-start bullpen session, so the 23 pitches he threw to get through the 15th was typical of how many he would normally have thrown.

After that was when Lovullo turned to Mathis, who had made two previous pitching appearances, with the most recent in 2012.
Mathis got Travis Jankowski to line out to open the inning and struck out Carlos Asuaje looking, before Myers hit a 3-2 pitch over the pool in right-center.

The pitch registered as a slider on the scoreboard. Mathis laughed when asked if that's what it was.
"I know it probably looked like a slider, but I didn't throw one slider today," Mathis said. "We mixed in a couple of changeups, but just trying to throw it over the plate really. I'm used to throwing on flat surface, not necessarily down a slope, so I was just trying to focus on getting the ball down and over the plate."
After he finished with reporters, Mathis headed back towards the training room to get the ice taken off his elbow, and then to spend time in the ice tub. Last time he pitched, he said he was sore for weeks, and in that game, he didn't also catch 15 innings.
"I just wish I could have gotten that third out and gotten us back in the dugout," Mathis said.
When Mathis struck out Asuaje looking, catcher Alex Avila tossed the ball to the dugout and it was authenticated and given to Mathis as a souvenir of his first career strikeout.
Had the D-backs managed to tie the game in the bottom of the 16th inning, Lovullo said that Mathis would have gone out for a second inning of work.
After that, Lovullo's plan was to switch Mathis and Avila for the 18th inning.
Greinke stole third base in the third inning. It was his third steal of the season, making him just the third pitcher since 1974 to have three stolen bases in a season, joining Cardinals right-hander Joaquin Andujar (1985) and Cincinnati lefty Tom Browning (1988).

Greinke now has eight career steals tying him for seventh with Orel Hershiser on the all-time stolen base list for pitchers behind Bob Gibson (13), Rip Sewell (12), Greg Maddux (11), Burleigh Grimes, John Denny and Bucky Walters (9).
D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock did not like the strike three call on him in the fifth inning by home plate umpire Jansen Visconti and he apparently expressed his displeasure too much for Visconti's liking. Pollock was ejected as he turned to walk back to the dugout, his second career ejection.

Chris Owings replaced Pollock in center and made an outstanding catch in the sixth on Austin Hedges' drive to the wall in center. The catch saved at least one run, as Margot likely would have scored from second had the ball not been nabbed.

"It was really long. That's probably the best way to describe it." -- Greinke, when asked to sum up the game
The D-backs will take Monday off before opening a three-game series against the Rockies at Coors Field on Tuesday night at 5:40 p.m. MST. Patrick Corbin (6-3, 3.05 ERA) will get the start for the D-backs. The left-hander is on quite a roll right now. Over his last three starts, he has allowed just two runs and has struck out 23 against just three walks over 19 innings. Corbin beat the Rockies on Opening Day this year, allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings. Corbin will be opposed by lefty Tyler Anderson (6-3, 3.90).

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.